Angelitos Popsicles Bring a Taste of Summer

Lawnmower buzz has replaced snowblower buzz and flipflops have replaced Sorels and popsicles have replaced hot chocolate. And I was recently introduced to the best popsicles I’ve ever had. (Please notice all the conditionals in that sentence—I’m talking about me.) By the end of a modest six-mile Saturday hike, a popsicle sounded perfect, and a friend drove us over to Angelitos in Rose Park.

Angelitos has a full menu and a giant TV dedicated to soccer, but we were entranced by the coffin case packed with a glassine-wrapped rainbow— paletas, ice lollies, popsicles.

Yes, there are all the usual flavors, and the strawberry one tasted just like a frozen berry, but the range of tastes puts Baskin-Robbins to shame. Arroz tastes like frozen rice pudding which is enormously better than the non-frozen dessert. (Admittedly, I feel much the same about rice pudding as A.A. Milne’s Mary Jane in When We Were Very Young, though I usually keep my shoes on about it.)

Choose pepino (cucumber) with chile; mango; jamaica; coconut; nut; cajeta; guyaba; pineapple; tamarind…I chose the mango-chile pop, rosy red studded with yellow chunks of mango. Oh my.

Close your eyes, put on your sweater, suck on one of these and presto!
It’s summertime.

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Mary Brown Malouf
Mary Brown Malouf
Mary Brown Malouf is the late Executive Editor of Salt Lake magazine and Utah's expert on local food and dining. She still does not, however, know how to make a decent cup of coffee.

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